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By Patrick J. Wall

Folks in Harrisburg are probably asking what is the end game for the Diocese of Harrisburg?  My answer is they are following the PR strategy template developed by the bishops in consultation with the Holy See in 2002.  The story in Los Angeles might be instructive as to how long it takes for a diocese to dribble out the sad news on child sexual abuse by the priests under this template.  Here is a quick primer on the Catholic template for dribbling information.

At the Dallas 2002 meeting, the U.S. bishops pledged to follow a zero-tolerance policy and be transparent on child sexual abuse.  The bishops then hired the John Jay College of Criminal Justice to do a study.  The data from the John Jay study came from the various participating dioceses (not all participated) who searched their secret archives (489 files) and sent their numbers to John Jay.

In L.A., the archdiocese then produced the first “Report to the People of God” on Feb. 17, 2004.

Litigation against the ADLA on hundreds of cases continued.


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